Fitness coach shot dead in botched armed robbery during live Zoom fitness class

A popular fitness coach was shot dead in front of more than 200 people taking part in his Zoom class during a botched armed robbery.

Popular personal trainer Lawrence Masinge live-streamed free sessions to hundreds of South Africans hoping to get fit.

But he was killed on camera when an armed robber shot him in the head midway through a fitness session, leaving participants horrified.

Lawrence's home near Pretoria, South Africa was the target of the robbery.

Horror images show a robber point an object at Lawrence's head and fire, with terrified people crying and getting up during the call.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said the motive for the killing wasn't yet clear.

One client said she entered the Zoom session at around 6.30pm and heard the first gunshot 40 minutes later.

She heard a loud banging on the call and sat up from the workout she was doing.

The anonymous woman explained: "That's when my husband ran to the screen and said 'this guy is getting shot'."

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After panicked Zoom attendees tracked down Lawrence's address and called the emergency services, the slain coach was finally attended to.

She added: "Forty minutes later he was still just lying there cold and the police arrived with the paramedics."

Another participant told TimesLIVE: "A guy walked in, shot him. People were working out and weren't aware of what was going on.

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"The guy came back and shot him two more times and ran.

"Everyone literally watched a lifeless body, frantically trying to get help. This went on for [what felt] like 30 minutes.

"He had so many clients and he was growing.

"I train with Lawrence all the time. I was traumatised.

"It was watching murder live on Zoom and there is nothing the people on the other side could have done."

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Nicknamed 'The Beast', Lawrence led a local community programme to encourage youngsters to take part in sports and exercise that was supported by the government's Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Authorities in South Africa are investigating the shocking murder.

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